The #1 ranked Hoover Bucs traveled to Montgomery last week to scout the Generals in a tilt that Lee dropped against the Lanier Poets. It was that game that shows the difference in the approach many schools take to the playing field, or court in this case. While it is totally understandable early in the season that teams need to reschedule games during football playoffs, many programs feel the need to reschedule later in the season because a player “chooses” to take football recruiting visits throughout the season. Whether it is schools, teams, or coaches, games that have absolutely no meaning on area standings get postponed because of egos, bragging rights, or whatever stokes their reasoning. Generals Coach Johnson has never had a problem with the above when it comes to his schedule. He takes the hand that is dealt him, throws the ball on the court and lets players that show up do their thing. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t. A week ago Hoover witnessed an occasion when it didn’t work.
What Hoover witnessed a week ago was a Generals team that was missing 40 percent of their starters (on a football recruiting trip), and one of their best sharp shooters who was tossed with two techs. It does need to be mentioned that the first technical was for smiling at an opponent that mouthed off after being dunked on. The discrepancy in the call is a product of Montgomery in which most fans of the area just accept as the norm at this point. What Hoover saw Saturday evening was a Generals roster that had their full compliment of players. The difference in the week is what produced a 70 – 65 Lee victory in the Birmingham versus Montgomery Challenge at Faulkner University in Montgomery.
The Generals were led in scoring by Jon’Datric Butler and Demond Robinson with 17 points each followed by 14 points from Henry Ruggs III. After dropping three spots to #4, the Generals were instrumental in shaking up the 7A rankings as the top two teams were defeated in the Challenge. The day was an excellent preview of teams that very well could meet in a few weeks for much higher stakes.
Kudos should also go out to the other Montgomery teams as Park Crossing defeated #7 Huffman 67-59 and Carver beat #2 ranked Mountain Brook 62 – 51. A great showing for the city of Montgomery against three teams that the state feels are among the seven best around.
Great day to claim Montgomery as home and to reside on Ann Street.